National Association of Counties
Washington, D.C.

Liz Kniss

NACo Board Member

County Supervisor
Santa Clara County, Calif.



Number of years active in NACo: 12

Years in public service: 28

Occupation: being county supervisor in a county of nearly 2 million residents

Education: bachelor’s of science in nursing, master’s in public administration

The hardest thing I’ve ever done: is raise a family while working.

Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie and John F. Kennedy.

A dream I have is to: provide women and girls all over the world with access to education.

You’d be surprised to learn that I: come from a small town and lived on a farm for several years.

The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is: run for public office.

My favorite way to relax is: walking.

I’m most proud of: my advocacy for health and for the environment.

Every morning I read: Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Palo Alto Daily and Palo Alto Post.

My favorite meal is: a simple salad, grilled salmon, fresh bread and a glass of California wine.

My pet peeve is: dishonesty.

My motto is: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” –William Shedo

The last book I read was: “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

My favorite music is: all types, really.

My favorite president is: the Democratic one.


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